“When we painted subway trains, perhaps we learned that lesson the hardest of all,” says graffiti vet LADY PINK. “You paint your train, kiss it goodbye – you may never see it again.”

Ain’t that the truth on the transience of so many things in New York, especially art.

In this short video, LADY PINK recalls getting her start painting trains at 15 and the excitement of running away from the police when caught can-handed mid-illegal mural. She hasn’t done any vandalism in decades, but you can see the Ecuadorian-born rebel’s eyes light up when she talks about her wilder days. We remember too.